First I've done something stupid - I scheduled long disk check on boot, which I wanted to cancel, but I couldn't. So I used emergency power off. It didn't help, so I decided to wait. It didn't help, the scan caused BSOD and the system would not boot again. I used old Windows 8.1 USB to get to some recovery options. It made things much worse.
What was broken? Something with boot loader. My notebook uses EFI to boot, and for some strange reason it stopped to find the right EFI file.
To make long story short, I managed to fix MBR on special boot partition using Windows Recovery Disk (created from my Windows, which booted with EFI disabled).
Now I re-enabled EFI, system boots correctly, but 2 problems persist.
Hibernation / Sleep don't work. Hibernation just turns off the screens, turns off bluetooth, but besides does nothing. PC is on, when I move the mouse I see logon screen. The sleep option makes some crazy shutdown instead. PC goes off, but when I switch it on again my user session is not resumed, all programs seems like suddenly terminated.
System recovery option (F9 during boot) doesn't work. Recovery option in Windows doesn't work. F9 during boot does absolutely nothing. Recovery option in Windows says it has no installation media, even if Windows 8.1 installation (or recovery) USB is inserted and visible.
So basically I want to have hibernate / sleep back. Of course
powercfg /H on and
powercfg /H off don't help. I re-installed most chipset drivers, but it didn't help either.
No network adapter is set up to wake the PC up, I've double checked this.
I'm almost sure it has something to do with partitions, bootloader and MBR.
Here's my Disk 0 partition layout:
SYSTEM (100MB, FAT32, System, Primary Partition) Recovery (900MB, NTFS, Active, Primary Partition) OS (C:, 217.36GB NTFS, Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition) Restore (20.01GB NTFS, Primary Partition)
I managed to create recovery USB using ASUS Backtracker. Somehow it got the data from my not working Recovery partitions. The recovery USB seems to work, shows the option to reset my PC to factory state, but I would rather wait with this.
Is there something else to try before "ending it all" and reformat whole disk? It seems like the system doesn't know where it should store data on hibernation and where the recovery partition is. IMHO all data on those partitions are fine, the problem is somewhere else, maybe in MBR? Maybe in some Windows settings? Maybe some flags should be set on some of system partitions?
The notebook model is ASUS G56JR.